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Swift Ward – Older Adults Acute Service

Gender: Mixed

Age: 50+

Beds: 15

Swift Ward is a 15-bedded service that provides specialist support and expertise for older men and women experiencing an acute episode of mental illness with co-occurring physical health conditions or frailty. We are able to support those with a functional or organic mental health diagnosis, however we are unable to support individuals whose primary diagnosis is advanced dementia.

The aim of the ward is to provide a maximum treatment plan of three months and support an individual to return to their baseline level of functioning. We work with the individual, their care partners and other agencies to support discharge home or to alternative services, for example, residential or supported living.

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We offer an age-appropriate physical and social environment. Our facilities include comfortable individual rooms with en-suite facilities, a lounge and dining area and outside space.

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises of Registered Mental Health Nurses, Registered General Nurses, Psychologists, Social Worker, Speech and Language Therapists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Specialist, Psychology Assistant and Occupational Therapists. They have expertise in treating and supporting both physical, mental health and social needs.

We offer strong links with the local general hospital to meet the physical care needs of the individuals we support, as well as input from a local GP that offers them temporary registration. We have good links with the local community, for example, Taunton Town Football Club, and offer a range of activities both on the ward and in the local area.

Referrals are assessed based on individual presentation rather than age or diagnosis.

Our service user profile:

  • Men and women aged 50+ years with a functional mental illness. Service users will be assessed for the required frailty criteria in order to be accepted
  • May be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Experiencing an acute episode of mental illness requiring a crisis admission
  • With a diagnosis of:
    • Psychotic disorder
    • Major depressive disorder
    • Bi-polar disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality disorders
    • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Complex long-term physical health needs or conditions such as cardiac conditions, diabetes or terminal illness
    • May have a forensic history

Our facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Homely, calm ward environments
  • Lounges
  • Dining rooms
  • Kitchenettes
  • Outdoor space
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